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3-4, 3rd in NFC South

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers' game status: Doubtful -- LT Russell Okung (calf); Questionable -- DE Marquis Haynes (knee), DT Zack Kerr (toe), OG John Miller (ankle), DE Efe Obada (back). No mention of RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) since he remains on injured reserve with a designation to return.

What to look out for in Falcons vs. Panthers (1:00)
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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

There will be no access to the Panthers today other than the injury report that comes out this afternoon. The team does not have to designate a status for Christian McCaffrey (ankle) because he's on injured reserve with a designation to return. The team can wait as late as 4 p.m. on Thursday to decide whether or not to activate the running back. Right now I'd say it's 50-50 he plays against Atlanta.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cornerback Eli Apple left practice again today because of a hamstring injury and the Panthers released him a few hours later. He played only 28 snaps and had four tackles after signing a one-year deal.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel may lose a few reps at running back if Christian McCaffrey (ankle) returns for Thursday's game against Atlanta, and he'll happily do that. “Just another playmaker out there. All-Pro guy. We know what he brings.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Matt Rhule says Christian McCaffrey, who arrived at practice in a red jersey, was told he was being designated for return just before practice started so he switched to a black jersey. “We let him know we're pulling the trigger on this thing,'' Rhule said. “He was excited and exhilarated to be there today. I know he wants to play. He's also a process guy and knows you can't shortcut the process.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers practice report: DNP – CB Eli Apple (hamstring), DT Zach Kerr (toe), LT Russell Okung (calf). Limited – RG John Miller. No designation has to be given for Christian McCaffrey (ankle), who remains on injured reserve even though he's been designated to return.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Mike Rhule on Christian McCaffrey's chances of playing on Thursday against Atlanta after he practiced today: “I'm hopeful. I'll have to see how he responds to today. It was great having him out there.'' Rhule wouldn't get into how much work McCaffrey did. “I will say he looks good. He looks like he's moving around great. Just we'll let the medical people and him determine how much he can do, or when he can play in a game.''

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Panthers designate McCaffrey to return from IR

The Panthers designated Christian McCaffrey to return from injured reserve Tuesday, beginning a 21-day window for Carolina to activate its star running back.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey (22) is now wearing a helmet and black jersey and the Panthers have designated him to return from injured reserve. They have a 21-day window to do this so still a chance for Thursday.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey (ankle) arrived at practice wearing a red jersey again today which means he will be a non-participant. Increases the likelihood he will not be available for the Panthers on Thursday night against Atlanta.

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McCaffrey returns to practice field; status still iffy

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey returned to the practice field Monday for the first time in five weeks, but his status for Thursday night's game against the Atlanta Falcons remains in question.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Matt Rhule on why he brought back the smock look he was known for at Baylor on Sunday at New Orleans. Why? “It was in my locker, so I put it on,'' Rhule deadpanned. “It was there. The guys were wearing white. I like the color [blue].''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Matt Rhule on whether Christian McCaffrey (ankle) would be available for Thursday's game against the Falcons. “It's a possibility. That's sort of out of my hands. I'm hopeful that will happen.''

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

This is what Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (red jersey) did during most of the media portion of practice. Coach Matt Rhule will elaborate later but based on this McCaffrey would have to take a major step forward the next two days to play on Thursday.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey put on a red jersey that signals no participation as Panthers practice began. He didn't appear to be wearing a brace on his ankle and was moving well. He spent most of the media portion greeting teammates he hadn't been on the field with in five weeks. At this point it seems a long shot for him to play.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Just because Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is at practice today doesn't guarantee he will be taken off IR for Thursday night's game against Atlanta. This is a short week and Matt Rhule has said he will be cautious. But this is a good first step for a return this week or next.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Christian McCaffrey is at practice, his first after missing five games with a high ankle sprain. Thé Panthers cut wide receiver Seth Roberts, who had four catches for 31 yards.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers kicker Joey Slye was disappointed he missed by inches what would have been an NFL-record 65-yard field goal because “I have the leg strength to kick further than that.'' Said he "laced'' the ball, and it was riding from the 20 and he felt it would be good by a few feet. It's been a crazy week for Slye, who spent most of the week on the COVID-19 list, working out at a local gym at 1 a.m. to make sure he didn't put anybody at risk.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

While Matt Rhule said Teddy Bridgewater shouldn't have taken the sack at the end, Bridgewater said the play was well defended and he had nowhere to go with the ball. Option might have been intentional grounding. When he stepped up the defense was on top of him.

Team Stats

Passing Yards263.711th
Rushing Yards105.4Tied-20th
Points For23.125th
Points Against24.020th

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